It’s been over a year since I wrote about my daily skincare routine, and actually quite a lot has changed since then. I had this idea in my head that I was pretty loyal to skincare products, but my current stash tells quite a different story! I switch between three different cleansers, depending on how my skin feels when I wake up, and I recently bought a new serum and night cream to try. Clearly, I like to try new things… so imagine my joy when I got to try a whole new skincare routine from Liz Earle.
Everyone knows about Liz Earle, right?
Not me! I’ve heard loads about the brand, mostly because of their signature product, Cleanse and Polish. I’ve always wanted to try it, but it’s just one of those things I’ve never got round to. But when it came to their other products, I was totally clueless. Turns out they are chock full of natural ingredients and most excitingly, not tested on animals (they’re certified under the Humane Cosmetic Standard by Cruelty Free International). They are also doing everything they can to minimise their environmental impact, something that I am becoming more conscious of this year too. So far, so good.
So what did I get to try?
Cleanse and Polish and Skin Tonic
I started off by taking my makeup off with the classic Cleanse and Polish (£14.50 or £16.50 with two muslins), which is a creamy moisturising cleanser. I used two pumps (I was wearing quite a lot of slap) and gently massaged it into my skin, including around my eyes to remove my eye makeup. I then gently wiped it off with a muslin cloth soaked in warm water.
I liked the application of the product and the fact that I didn’t need loads to get my makeup off. It’s quite similar to other hot cloth cleansers I’ve used to be honest! One thing I wasn’t so keen on was that it didn’t get rid of all my mascara and eyeliner – I still had panda patches around my eyes and I could see product on my lashes. I think I’d use this product as a second cleanse in the evening, after I’ve removed my makeup beforehand.
Skin Tonic (£15.50) is a toner – a step I often miss out in my skincare – but this really helped lift those last traces of makeup from my skin and left it feeling squeaky clean. I also really liked the spray version of the skin tonic (also £15.50) – I’m really into facial mists at the moment and I imagine they’ll be even more refreshing in the summer.
Next up was Eyebright eye lotion (£15.50) – the only other Liz Earle product I’d heard of. I used this as a quick swipe to remove those makeup residues, which kind of worked, but also kind of didn’t really do much for me. You can also soak a couple of cotton pads with this and leave them on your eyes for a more intense treatment, and I would love to try this, because I can’t think of any other products like it off the top of my head and I always worry my eye area isn’t getting enough attention and hydration.
This Superskin Face Serum (£45) was the only product I tried from the Superskin range. This range is designed for more mature skin, which is why I stuck a little more to the main range, as at 31, I don’t think I’m quite in the mature skin spectrum yet. This range is a little more expensive, but potentially worth it if you’re specifically looking for anti-ageing products.
This was the one product I actively didn’t like – I just couldn’t get on with the smell – even though I was told it was unfragranced! I think that might just be a symptom of pregnancy though, as no one else seemed offended by the scent.
Skin Repair Moisturiser
Last step in the routine was the Skin Repair Moisturiser (£21). I went for the normal / combination version, but there is also a lighter product for oily skin and a more intense product for dry / sensitive skin. I loved this moisturiser, it was creamy and soaked into my skin really well, leaving it feeling plump and hydrated.
What did I think?
It was such a pleasure trying this range, and after posting my before and after piccies on insta stories, I had so many comments saying how glowing my skin looked. My skin felt clean, moisturised and I woke up with a plump and soft face. Liz Earle don’t spend any money on above the line advertising, they say that their real marketing is word of mouth and showcasing real people whose skin has really got the Liz Earle glow. I definitely did and I’m loving using the Cleanse and Polish as my evening double cleanse.
I think it might be a bit of an expense to buy the whole range all in one go (although this introductory set for £49 has me tempted) but I do think that when my moisturiser runs out, I’ll consider the Skin Repair Moisturiser and I’d love to get another go with the Eyebright lotion.
Do you like the sound of any of the Liz Earle skincare products?
I was invited to try the Liz Earle products by John Lewis in Newcastle, but all opinions about them are my own.